Zero Harm - Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum

Zero Harm


Size: 180+ page website

My professional status: independent web designer/developer

Website client: Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum

Dates: February 2015 onwards

Categories: Client liaison, Project manager, IA & UX, Website designer, Front-end developer, Writing for the web, Content-loader, Webmaster, Responsive web design/dev, CSS-based layout, CSS3, HTML5, jQuery/JavaScript, SilverStripe, Medium sites

Brief: the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum is a coalition of business and government leaders committed to improving the performance of workplace health and safety in New Zealand. Their vision is all business leaders passionately committed to achieving Zero Harm Workplaces. They needed a new webmaster to take care of their website, and approached me after a personal recommendation from one of my other clients.

I am responsible for regularly updating their responsive website, creating and removing pages, content-loading, making graphics, and editing/proofreading content. I am also responsible for doing a full content audit of the website and reviewing the website IA with a view to updating and improving it. I will also be carrying out a similar review of the homepage to see if that can be improved, and re-designing and re-building it if necessary. I'm also responsible for social media consultation, helping the organisation to decide what social media to use and how to use it.

My responsibilities included:

  • Adding content to the website, updating as requested - including adding or removing pages, editing content, updating or creating graphics, proof-reading and uploading videos
  • Carrying out a site audit that lists all pages on the website and presents these as a wireframe sitemap diagram
  • Reviewing the architecture of the Forum website in light of the site audit, determining whether and how the main site sections need to be re-arranged (in consultation with Forum staff and with reference to Google Analytics data). Re-drawing wireframe sitemap diagram to reflect this new architecture
  • Reviewing the homepage, potentially re-arranging this or adding elements to it
  • Re-designing the homepage if required
  • Re-building the homepage HTML/CSS if required (responsive website)
  • Overseeing WebWeaver’s programmer Tom St George re-integrating the new homepage into the CMS
  • Carrying out the restructure of the website architecture within SilverStripe
  • Helping the Forum to decide what type(s) of social media to use, how to use them, who would use them and how often, and what is appropriate.

Zero Harm responsive screens

The website has been built in SilverStripe, which is great, as it means it's easy to figure out what's what and how to update it. In addition I've had a very good handover meeting with the previous webmaster, who has given me a complete set of files and documentation relating to the site. Excellent.

It's a responsive website, and I can already see that there are a few formatting elements that it would be nice to add, and some others that are really not needed and can be removed. There are also a few breakpoints and content layouts which could be improved, and which I will enjoy tidying up.